Last fall I was contacted by Red Bull to produce a 5-min portrait of an athlete that recently joined the Red Bull alpine skiing dream team with the likes of Lindsey Vonn, Aksel Lund Svindal… A few days later I was standing on the glacier in Tignes, along with the French skiing team, documenting French phenomenon Alexis Pinturault doing what he does best: go fast on skis !
Full article here: http://www.redbull.com/en/snow/stories/1331624529661/alexis-pinturault-world-cup-skiing-video-profile
After a hectic month of January with 4 events taking place back-to-back, the winter season and the Freeride World Tour are now well underway. Here’s one of the best edits of the season so far in my opinion. This is the cherry on an ever-growing cake baked by yours truly and a production crew of 35 dedicated and passionate people.
It is with great excitement that I saw Pierre Vaultier take gold in the Sochi olympics in Snowboard cross. I’ve had the pleasure to work with him on a 13 min feature for Red Bull France in 2012, as he was going through a very long and tough recovery after smashing his ankle on a World Cup race. Just as he was getting ready for Sochi he tore his ACL last december. The same fighting spirit that I could document during his previous injury allowed him to compete nonetheless. What a story, and what a great champion. Pierre is also a great character, very professional and kind, so seeing him accomplish his dream of an olympic gold medal has been even more special. Well done Pierre.
Here’s a news piece from l’Equipe 21 talking about his last 2 seasons.
The Red Bull Elements took place on Saturday the 14th 2013. For the second time I was in charge of TV/video production on this exciting relay race in Talloires, France, in the beautiful area of La Tournette and the Annecy lake.
The setup turned into an interesting challenge when we suddenly had to organize a live setup for l’Equipe 21 (biggest national sports channel) ; 6 or 7 times over the day, two journalists in Talloires went live on national TV. Feeding these 90 minutes with exciting footage was made possible with the presence of a helicopter and a cineflex, and solid HF links sending signal to the production van. A replay server was used to build short recaps and ‘best-of’ edits, allowing journalists to comment on previous moments of the race and how the top teams were doing in the different disciplines. In the end we managed to pull it off, getting great content for the live bits and all the creative angles required for the webclips and post-produced edits.
Besides this live production setup, 9 cameramen were spread out over the race course, coordinated by radio and using live tracking on athletes to direct them to the right spot at the right time. This content was used to produce the newscut, web clips and TV show. Many thanks to the teams and athletes who cooperated with us on this shooting! and in particular to teams Young Guns and Smash.
Here’s the Action clip :
The ‘Event clip’ followed a few days later. This clip emphasizes the immersion into the race, following team Young Guns over the day. The emphasis was put on collecting various audio assets from the 4 disciplines to reinforce the immersive experience on that clip. The clip can be seen HERE.
Coming up on September 14th 2013, the Red Bull Elements. This is the 3rd edition of this multisport relay in Talloires, France. Beautiful scenery and a very demanding race are on the menu.
I’ll be handling the production on this event, from web campaign to TV program. A crew of 14 people will be onsite for this mission.